THOSE CALLOWAYS (1965)

   

Save the geese! A family buys land in hopes to create a sanctuary for the wild geese that fly through the town annually. I believe that the family cares about the geese and I think it’s great, but I wish the film explained why. Why was the dad so passionate about the geese that he was willing to lose his house and spend all of his money to buy land to protect them? I kept waiting for a back story that never came. The movie did fell kinda long at the end but overall held our attention. I think kids could get bored. Curious thing about the film, though, was when the boy would fight the town bully and there was no music, no score to raise our emotions or the intensity. It was quiet, except the sounds of their punches and feet shuffling in the dust. I guess that is how it is in real life, right? I don’t know, I have never been in a fight or stood around and watched one…maybe there is music.

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THE ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN (1993)

   

The 90s was the perfect time to grow up. So many many great things. One of the great things was young Elijah Wood. (Just wait until we get to young Jonathan Taylor Thomas!) If you were a girl in the 90s, chances are you had a phase where you had a crush on him. Elijah Wood as Huck Finn is just perfect. The movie takes on the story of the great American classic by Mark Twain where Huck Finn helps a runaway slave escape to freedom while he is running away himself. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and will just plain like it. So if you haven’t seen it, check it out.

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INVINCIBLE (2006)

   

I was hesitant to watch this film, but I am glad that I did. The Eagles football team hold open tryouts and our lead character makes the team. Based off a true story, it’s a great feel good sports movie. The younger kiddos may get bored, but I recommend it for the rest of the family, especially if you have kids that are into football or you enjoy looking at Mark Wahlberg’s muscles.

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DOUBLE TEAMED (2002)

   

OK, this was fun to watch because it was filmed in Utah but they were trying to make it Los Angeles. We knew the places they were filming and so we knew where they added palm trees to make it look like California. We don’t have palm trees in Salt Lake. Anyway, the movie wasn’t bad. It is about twin girls who move in order to go to a new school where they can get a basketball scholarship. It is based on a true story of twin girls who made it to the WNBA. And if you are a Gilmore Girls fan, Louise (of Madeline and Louise) is in it.

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THE THIRTEENTH YEAR (1999)

   

I wish I turned into a mermaid when I turned 13. That would’ve been sweet! Unfortunately that didn’t happen to me, but to the boy in this film. When he turns thirteen, his body slowly starts to get scales and fins when he gets wet. How will he compete in his swim team if scales pop up when he gets in the pool??? Oh no! I wonder if he is related to Ariel.

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FROZEN (2013)

   

YES, YES, YES! We completely jumped on the Frozen bandwagon. We both remember watching this in the theater and knowing right away this was something special. We fell in love with the story, the music and the characters. We love awkward yet determined and loyal Anna and protective, loving yet conflicted Elsa. These characters have such depth and you can’t help but become completely swept up into their world. (And yes, we braved waiting in the 4 hour line at Disneyland to meet Anna and Elsa). And no way there is anyone out there that doesn’t love Olaf. If you hate Olaf then you are dead inside. I know most parents are probably sick of this movie from your children watching it hundreds of times, but your kids just have great taste and you know you love it too.

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THE OTHER ME (2000)

   

A boy accidentally makes a clone of himself when he attempts to grow sea monkeys for a science project. This movie wasn’t great and got kinda boring. The bad guys are pretty silly and ridiculous but I suppose nothing more than you would expect the bad guys to be in a DCOM.

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YOU LUCKY DOG (1998)

   

Kirk Cameron? How could you go wrong? Oh, this movie. This DCOM started out okay, but the second half just seemed like it went on forever. The scene where the bad guys are breaking in and sneaking around took way too long. It was so slow that we lost interest on what could have been a fun scene. I also have a problem with the fact of a human getting hit with a tranquilizer that was meant to knock out a large dog and have no effect on the human other than numbing a butt cheek. Shouldn’t it do more than that? Apparently not.

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